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Kern County Camp: 1936

Kern County Camp: 1936

November 1936. "View of Kern County migrant camp. California." One of the many Depression-era tent camps run by the Farm Security Administration that served as way stations for Dust Bowl migrants from the Midwest who found work picking crops in the citrus groves and vegetable fields of the West Coast. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Stovepipes

It appears that almost every tent has a stovepipe of some sort protuding from the top or the side. I am sure that food, aside from sleep after a long day in the field, was most important to these folks.

Not sure, but it looks like the man in front of the big building on the right has set up an impromptu barber shop, and is giving someone a haircut.

Tom Joad - where are you?

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